Manataka American Indian Council

 

 

  Volume VII  Issue 4  April 2005


SMOKE SIGNAL NEWSLETTER

Manataka - Preserving the past today for tomorrow.

                20 PRINTED PAGES IN THIS ISSUE 


 

Contents:  

                              

Upcoming Events 

Letters to the Editor - Red Lake Massacre

Red Lake Reservation Tragedy

Health Alerts
Elder's Meditations Salute to Vine Deloria Jr. 
Message to the People of Manataka

U.S. Indians Debate Gay Unions

Activation of the Sedona Landscape Symptoms of Inner Peace
To Walk the Red Road

Spring Beauty - Ojibwe Legend 

Web Site Updates 

The Optimist

Manataka's Newest Members

Healing Prayer Basket 

Cookin' Corner - Indian Pudding

 

                              



UPCOMING

April 07 - 10  SpiritHawk Retreat - Meeker, OK

 

April 17 - 12 noon - MAIC Membership Meeting 

Gulpha Gorge - Special program presentation.

 

April 22 -  24 Manataka Encampment

EVENTS

 

May 13 - 15 - Women's Healing Retreat

 

May 27 - 29  -  Bear Dance - Buffalo, TX 

 

June 25 - 27 - Gathering at Manataka


Magdala & Mario to Perform Ceremonies

The annual Manataka Encampment at Bald Mountain April 22-24, will feature the much acclaimed couple of the Maya and Aztec traditions, Magdala Ramirez and Mario Monroy. Magdala and Mario will present a program of great spiritual significance on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. 

Magdala has been working with the ancient knowledge of the feminine ways, warrior woman and Sacred Dance for 35 Years in the Maya and Aztec traditions. Mario is a Sundance pipe carrier and teaches the Aztec warrior ways.  He is also a Reiki Master and is a symbol of freedom and unity, a living bridge of the Union of Polaries.   

Both have done many workshops and lectures in Mexico and the United States. Elders and members of the Manataka American Indian Council are deeply honored to welcome them into the sacred circle again during the upcoming Manataka Encampment at Bald Mountain in Hot Springs on April 23. All Encampment events are free and open to the public. Manataka Encampment  


Honored Grandmothers to host Children's Activities at Upcoming Encampment

 

Children of all ages will be honored during activities at the Manataka Encampment scheduled for April 22-24 said Joyclyn VonGrund, Honored Grandmother of the West. 

Storytelling in the tipi, crafts, drumming, pipe teachings, and children's sweat lodge, games and other activities will be offered.  - All ages welcome.  Great fun for all the kids. 

 

Honored Grandmothers will also provide a portion of crow for the craw of those few naysayers who said it could not be done.      

Manataka Elders Appoint New Ambassador to Latin America

 

Elders of the Manataka American Indian Council formally approved the appointment of Otto Riollano Caballo Blanco Davila of Puerto Rico to the position of Ambassador to Spiritual Elders of Latin America.

 

Davila, 69, is a retired university president, administrator professor and entrepreneur.  Davila's biography will appear in the May Smoke Signal Newsletter     

 

The purpose of the new ambassadorial position is to reach out to our brothers and sisters in the South, to let them know about Manataka -- the Place of Peace – and to strengthen our common bonds through the various forms and means of exchange that would be possible and feasible and, above all, through our common language: prayer.

 

"We will open channels of communication and exchange, to promote the re-union, the bringing closer, of indigenous people, based on what we share in common: our profound spiritual awareness, life principles, code of ethics, a similar recent history (the colonization events of the last five hundred years), current “survival” challenges and a growing revival of interest in learning and knowing about our origins as a guiding and redeeming force for the present," said Davila.

 

According to the Elders, there is a critical need for dominant society to learn about the original wisdom, knowledge and attitudes of the indigenous people as a living and most relevant source from where they can draw inspiration and guidance for the new paradigms urgently required to face the challenges of the present -- and survival of the human race.

 

Davila will travel to the mainland United States in April and participate in the upcoming Manataka Encampment scheduled for April 23 at Bald Mountain Park and Retreat. (see related story).  Davila will be honored during ceremonies and Manataka members are encouraged to come out and meet Davila.   



SPIRIT HAWK RETREAT

April 7-10 

Meeker, Oklahoma

 

Sweat Lodge Ceremonies

Bear Dance Ceremonies

Meditations, Collection Walks

Spirit Hawks Heritage Center in Meeker Oklahoma will be host separate Women & Men's Spiritual Retreat on April 7-10. The Retreat itself will start with Breakfast at 9 am on Friday. You are ask to arrive, check- in & set up your tent on Thursday April 7. Motels 12 miles away (Motel 6, Days Inn & Ramada Inn are in Shawnee at the I-40 exit). but we encourage you to be one this weekend. This weekend is about leaving world comforts behind and getting back to Spiritual & Physical basics. Bring your own tent, sleeping bag, chair, jacket & clothes dependent on Spring weather(?), notebook & pens, drums, rattles, etc. Food & water are provided. If you have special needs, please tell us. There are no shower facilities, but there will be toilets. Baby wipes are a good thing to pack. For the sweat lodge, you will need to bring 2 towels, shorts for men and skirt, dress or sarong for the women to wear in the sweat lodge. You must bring a thick blanket with your energy to cover the sweat lodge. No cell phones are allowed in camp. We will build the sweat lodge together on Friday morning and then become 2 separate camps. There will be 2 or 3 projects, meditations, collection walks, 2 separate Sweat lodges on Friday night., drumming circles, learning circles and cooking meals over open fire. Everyone will come together Saturday night for a Celebration meal and then go to the Bear Dance. If you have never been to a Bear dance, they are a healing dance. The Bear Dance on April 9, will be open to the Public at 7 pm. A Love Offering of $10 is ask to help cover their gas. Celebration will continue on Sunday, with the retreat ending at noon for those who need to travel. Cost: $250 a person: $100 for your meals & drinks and  $150 for 2 1/2 days of projects, learning meditation, relaxation, Bear dance.  A $100 deposit  ($50 is non-refundable) is required at registration.  After March 23 the cost will be $300. No cost for sweat lodges.  We are only taking 17 men & 17 women, so we encourage you to act as soon as possible.

Directions: I-40 E, to the Shawnee/Meeker exit. Head North on SR 18 towards Meeker. At the 4-way Stop sign (Hwy 62) continue straight for about 2 1/2 miles. Watch for sign on left side of road, turn Left and continue down dirt road for about 2 miles follow signs. From I-44 take the Chandler exit, continue South on SR 18 towards Meeker. Watch for sign on right side of road, turn Right, go about 2 miles on dirt road, follow signs. If you get to 4-way Stop sign, you have gone to far, turn around and travel back about 2 1/2 miles watch for sign on left. We are 83 miles southwest of Tulsa & 53 miles East of OK City.  

Information: Debra or Warren Big Eagle, P.O. Box 633  Meeker, OK 74855  970-946-2270 spirithawks@earthlink.net


Manataka Encampment

APRIL 22-24

Bald Mountain Park & Retreat

Hot Springs, AR

 

No Camping Fee - No Admission Fee 

No Vendor Fee - 100% Free

 

FAMILIES & SINGLES WELCOME!!

  • Drumming and Singing

  • Storytelling

  • Trade Blankets  

  • Sweat Lodges

  • Bear Dance Ceremony

  • Prayer Ceremonies

  • Special Presentations   

  • Vendor / Craft Presentations

Children's Games & Activities - All ages welcome.  Storytelling in the tipi, crafts, drumming, pipe teachings, Great fun for all the kids. This year's Encampment will focus on children with programs sponsored by the Honored Grandmothers Society. 

 

A food concession stand will be open all weekend.

Restrooms and shower on-site.

Plenty of level parking for camper vehicles.

Bring camping gear, food, chairs.

 

No alcohol or other drugs permitted. A security team onsite.

 

DIRECTIONS:  From Little Rock.  Take I-30 to Exit 101 (Hwy 70 West) Go 17 miles to Hot Springs.  At Cutter Morning Star School on your left -- turn Left on Persimmon Street.  Go one block to Spring Street. Turn Left (East).  Go two blocks and turn Right (South) on Westinghouse Road heading.  Go about 1.5 miles and turn Left (East) to Bald Mountain Road.  Go 2 blocks to Bald Mountain Park. (see map). More Info: Manataka Encampment


RED LAKE RESERVATION TRAGEDY

Dear Friends and Family of Manataka,

Please join with me and others in prayer and/or drumming for healing at Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota. The horrific shooting that took place has devastated the lives and families of this community.  

Some of us witnessed the healing miracles at last summers gathering at Manataka. I ask you now to direct that healing energy to Red Lake Indian Reservation. Pray for the families and friends of those struggling to understand why this happened. Pray for the families who lost a loved one and that one day they may find peace. Pray for Red Lake Tribal Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr. that he may continue to hold strong for his community, as he wisely keeps the press at bay for the safety and privacy of his community! Pray for the 5 who are recovering from injuries (2 severe) and to their families; send them strength, love and healing!  

Ryan Auginash 

Cody Thunder 

Lance Crowe 

Jeffrey May

Steven Cobenais

 

Let our combined prayers be lovely sent to those in need... 

 

-  Bonnie Delcourt, Administrator 

Manataka Red Road Message Board

Editorial 

MASSACRE AT RED LAKE
by Susan Bates - Hill & Holler

Jeff Weise, a self - described "Native American teenage- stoner-industrialist," was a deeply disturbed young man long before he murdered 9 people. Tragedy seemed to stalk the 16 year old Chippewa boy.  

 

He had never gotten over the death of his father, Daryl Lussier Jr. who committed suicide when Jeff was 11 years old. His mother is in a nursing home after a car accident left her in a coma. Weise was hospitalized last year for
depression after trying to kill himself. The troubled young man was put on prozac and sent home.

On Monday, March 21, Jeff Weise could not take any more. He shot and killed his Grandfather, Daryl Lussier, Sr.
who was a Sgt. for the Red Lake Police Department long with his grandfather's companion, Michelle Sigana, 32. The boy took his grandfather's bullet proof vest, his service pistol and a shotgun and drove the police car to the front doors of Red Lake High School.

Once inside he gunned down unarmed security guard Derick Brun. The sound of the shot alerted teacher Neva Rogers, 52, and a student, both of whom ran into a classroom to hide. Weise followed and gunned them down. He then began marching down the halls, shooting at any one he saw. Witnesses say he was "grinning and waving at them as he fired.

Before it was over, Alicia Spike, 14, Dwayne Lewis, 15, Thurlene Stillday, 15, Chase Lussier, 15 and Chanelle Rosebear, 15, lay dead. Jeff Weise, who had fulfilled his
destiny, returned to the classroom where he had murdered the teacher and student, and ended his own life with a shot to the head. 

What were the warning signs that if heeded might have
prevented this tragedy? We now know that Jeff Weise belonged to several chat rooms including www.nazi.org Using the name "todesengel" which means "Angel of Death" in German, Weise wrote about his admiration for Adolph Hitler. Other posts spoke of his opposition to interracial mixing and against his peers who liked rap music and tried to act black. (There are several gangs on the Red Lake Rez.) He made drawings and cartoons depicting mass killings ending with suicide.

The secluded Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota where Jeff Weise was born and raised has seen more than its share of violence. In 1979, dissidents staged an insurrection after tribal leaders removed a sympathizer from the Tribal Council. Hostages were taken in that incident and all police and sheriff's deputies were ordered off the reservation by the FBI. Rioters took police weapons, captured the BIA's cache of confiscated liquor, set the law enforcement center, the home of the tribal chairman and other government buildings on fire and went on a shooting and looting spree. When the smoke cleared, 2 teenagers lay dead of gunshot wounds, several more were wounded and about $4 million in property was damaged.

In the 1980s, allegations of civil - rights abuses surfaced. Lawyers were barred from tribal courts, while bail, jury trials and other rights were denied defendants in many cases. This situation came to a head in 1986 when Gregory Good, a Red Lake Band Member, accused Chief Tribal Judge George Summer of violating the People's civil rights. Good killed Summer but was acquitted in the case. Tribal officials have since improved the court system under threat of
losing federal funding.

The beautiful but isolated Red Lake Chippewa Reservation has a little over 5100 residents. All but 91 are full bloods. Poverty is a major concern. While other Minnesota tribes have had success running casinos, the Red Lake Band has
not fared so well. While the tribe has operated some casinos, they have not proven very profitable since many of the customers have been Red Lake residents.


As is the case with many other Indian reservations, high unemployment, alcoholism, diabetes, suicide and poverty are the norm. It would be easy to blame poverty for all of
these problems..... Yet senseless crimes know no social/ economic boundaries. The students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado certainly had a higher standard of living, but it happened there, too. 


We are not victims so much of poverty of the pocketbook as we are victims of poverty of the spirit. When a "superior feeling" group of people conquers and destroys another
race's culture in the name of greed, that culture, while it may physically survive, will eventually lose it's identity. Without our own connections to Creator and the Mother, who are we?

Our society has become putrid! Violence is not only allowed, it is encouraged, emulated and adored. We show it in our homes on a daily basis. We pay big bucks to see it on the silver screen. Those who perpetuate it are often called "heroes." Rap music glorifies it and preaches death and disrespect. Sex is a weapon and children are becoming more and more the target. We buy our kids video games where one has only to press a button to eliminate the enemy and we wonder why a child will pick up a gun to solve his problems?

But things are beginning to change.... More and more Indian tribes are teaching their children their own traditions and languages. When we begin to "remember who we are" and to respect ourselves, we can return to the Good Path we were meant to travel.

It isn't only the Red Man who has been victimized by this
global "colonization." All races have suffered. What about the Black Man? Doesn't his sense of loss of self contribute to the break down of his society? The same can be said of the Asian gangs. And how about the "White" people? How many of you can go back to your original teachings? Where did your People live 1000 years ago? Do you know? How did they worship? What were their stories? Where are your roots? 

At the closing of this Age, Creator is calling each of us back to our own beginnings. We have focused on economic prosperity and found poverty of the soul. We must each ask ourselves, "Why am I here? What is my purpose?" Then we must find our own answers. May God help us.

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"The instrument of my resurrection was supposed to be freedom. But there isn't an open sky or endless field to be found where I reside, nor is there light or salvation to be discovered. "Right about now I feel as low as I ever have." ---------Jeff Weise


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Elder's Meditation

"The manner with which we walk through life is each man's most important responsibility, and we should remember this with every new sunrise."  --Thomas Yellowtail, Crow Nation

Every spiritual person should carry a vision of God's will in every area of their life. One day at a time, each morning at sunrise, we should spend time praying to the Creator. We should say something like, my Creator, this morning I ask you to show me, in terms I can understand, what you have or me to do. By doing this daily, over time, we will develop an unquestionable vision. Each person is responsible for taking the time to do this. It will bring great joy and peace of mind to those warriors who do.

My Creator, give me the vision, today, of what you want me to do.

Elder's Meditation

"Everything's so simple, and we make everything so complicated. That's why we're confused." --Vickie Downey, Tewa/Tesuque Pueblo

The Creator designed a very simple set of Laws for us to follow. If we follow these simple things, we'll be happy. If we do not follow these simple things, our lives become complicated. For example:

    Respect Mother Earth

    Love one another

    Be truthful

    Give to your brother and sisters

    Be gentle with each other

    Be happy

Great Spirit, let me lead a simple life.



ACTIVATION OF THE 

SEDONA LANDSCAPE TEMPLE

By Adam Yellowbird

 

Understanding and expanding the Earth Energies of Sedona...

 

We live in a time of profound changes. These changes occur on the level of our consciousness, but also with the Earth itself. There are many ways to look at these changes and there are many interpretations about what their cause(s) are. Even science begins to acknowledge that what is happening can no longer be seen as extremes of normal fluctuations. The Earth is in motion and the weather is erratic not only in faraway places but locally as well. In the winter of 2004/2005 there were several floods in the Sedona and Camp Verde area and Arizona had 6 earthquakes within one week (at the end of February/beginning of March 2005). The strongest had 4.6 on the Richter scale.

 

Many people pray and hold ceremonies hoping to prevent more big natural disasters, such as the tsunami of December 26, 2004. The ceremony to activate the Sedona Landscape Temple on April 24 is one of the worldwide activities to heal and balance the Earth to prevent these types of disasters. Of equal importance is the intention to activate the energy of the Sedona area to a more optimal state.

 

Whenever we pray and/or hold ceremonies it is helpful if we understand what actually happens during these activities and on what to focus our intention.  It also helps to realize that in the process we are not only healing the Earth, but also ourselves. We are intricately connected with the Earth.

 

The Earth “Source”

Connecting with the Earth was and is an essential part of spirituality in many ancient and Indigenous traditions. In these traditions spirituality is an essential part of their daily lives. The separation of science and spirituality in our Western culture has estranged most of us from the Earth. The Earth has become an object that is there to use.  We no longer consider her to be a living entity. We have forgotten that she is truly a “mother” who provides us with everything we need on every level of our being.

 

What does Mother Earth provides us with? In the first place the Earth provides us with every atom in our body - either directly or indirectly - making us inseparable from the Earth.

Secondly, the Earth provides the electromagnetic environment we need to function optimally.  NASA discovered with the first astronauts, that we do not function without this field. The Earth also creates a special electromagnetic frequency that is important for us: the Schumann resonance frequency of 7.83 Herz. This frequency resonates with our brain activity in the lower alpha (relaxation and peak performance) and higher theta (deep relaxation, meditation and access to our unconsciousness). The Schumann frequency stimulates a broader functioning of our brain.  In addition this frequency helps us to connect with the subtle energies of the Earth.

 

The subtle energies are a third gift to us. These energies resonate and interact with our meridians, chakras and subtle energy bodies. On Earth we find those energies in lines, grids and vortexes. 

 

Vortexes, Lay Lines and Grids.

Many books have been written on Earth energy lines and grids. There are, however, only a few books on vortexes and all of them are about the vortexes in Sedona. This is quite remarkable, because vortexes exist everywhere. They are found where energy lines are, because almost all vortexes are found in connection with lines. We define a vortex as a place where energy goes in and/or out of a system. That system can be the Earth (vortexes), our body ( the chakras and acupuncture points) or the Universe (galaxies, black holes and white holes). According to science whenever energy moves it will move in a spiraling way, hence the name vortex (vertere (Latin) = spiraling).

 

There are many different types of vortexes. To a varying degree they all have an effect on us. From some we do not yet know what the effect is, but from others we now have quite a good idea. There are vortexes that resonate with our meridians. Others resonate with our chakras or with our energy bodies. There are grid systems with vortexes that hold our consciousness, the Christ consciousness and even other types of consciousness.

 

Although vortexes can be found everywhere it does not make Sedona less special. Sedona has more vortexes and a larger variety of them than any other place that I am aware of. When we compare a certain vortex with a similar one in Europe the one in Sedona has a diameter 5 times larger than the one in Europe revealing that the amount of energy in each vortex is very high. Sedona is truly “a place of vortexes”.  

 

Communication Lines

To understand the landscape temple of Sedona we need to mention one other type of lines, the communication lines. These lines are induced through human consciousness during certain activities. These lines appear between churches. They appear when we handle (charge) stones and place them in the landscape. They also exist between rocks with petroglyphs. The lines have a certain type of sub-lines that were named triads by researchers in England. Between churches and stones you usually find lines with 3 triads. Between stones with petroglyphs you may find lines with 5 triads. Between some of the larger ceremonial kivas we find lines with 9 triads. There exist even lines up to 12 triads. If we can create lines with 3 triads between churches and Jeanne (my wife) and I can create lines up to 5 triads with crystals, I wonder what state of consciousness (or maybe even what consciousness) can create lines with 12 triads?

 

The Landscape Temple of Sedona

The term Landscape Temple comes from the book “Sedona Sacred Earth” by Nicholas Mann. Geomancy (Mann is a geomancer) looks at alignments and mathematical patterns of prominent features of the landscape. In this way he discovered in the Sedona landscape a 6-pointed (hexagram) and 5-pointed star (pentagram). He also discovered a couple of alignments, which are called ley lines. In addition he saw a snake and a bird in the outlines of the landscape. Initially skeptical I was surprised that I could indeed find a hexagram almost identical to the one Mann has drawn in his book. Each point was anchored on a vortex. The lines between the points were communication lines with 12 triads. This means they are induced in a very high state of consciousness. At the point near Steamboat Rock were 2 extra lines. In one of them the energy was flowing towards the star and in the other the energy was flowing away from it. The energetic center was close to where Mann indicated the center: just above Devils bridge.

 

I was, however, not able to find any lines indicating the presence of a pentagram. This does not mean that Mann is wrong. The potential for the formation of this sacred symbol may be present but not yet manifested as with the hexagram.

 

Consciousness and Earth energy activation

Adam Yellowbird has had a vision that he gives form via Earthworks and through The Institute for Cosmic Awareness. He organizes ceremonies together with Elders of many traditions to balance and heal Mother Earth. In his vision the hexagram and pentagram are very important. The hexagram represents the balance of the masculine and the feminine. The pentagram represents “man”.  He felt guided to organize a ceremony to activate the pentagram and the hexagram in the Sedona landscape.  As Sedona already has so much energy what will the effect of such a ceremony be?

 

I believe that every ceremony with focused intention will have an effect that goes beyond our current understanding. This ceremony will be a contribution to the healing and balancing of the Earth. In addition there will be a localized effect that is very important for Sedona. Based on research it has become clear that none of the vortexes and lines are optimally activated. Increasingly many types of human activity deplete the energy even further.  Activation on the scale as is planned will stimulate the activation of many vortexes and lines in Sedona. Several vortexes and lines will be measured before and after the ceremony to study the effects the ceremony will have on them.

 

One of the most interesting aspects will be the pentagram. Will a group of dedicated people be able to physically create a pentagram in the landscape?  Will they be able to induce lines forming a pentagram with points anchored on vortexes? If that will happen it will change the energy of Sedona and increase the experiences of those who will visit these areas. Who would not like to participate in such a wonderful and challenging event?

 

The activation of the Sedona Landscape Temple will happen on April 24, 2005 starting at 9.30 am. For information call The Institute for Cosmic Awareness (www.ica8.org) at 928-646-3000 or email info@earthdance8.org. 


Women's Council Cooking Corner:

 

INDIAN PUDDING

2 1/2 cups milk
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup unsulphured molasses
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 large eggs, separated
1 teaspoon baking powder
vanilla ice cream
pure maple syrup

 

PREPARATION
Heat oven to 375°.  Butter shallow 2-quart baking dish.  Combine milk and cornmeal in large saucepan. Bring to boil, whisking; reduce heat and simmer, stirring constantly, 5 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in molasses, flour and seasonings, then yolks. Whisk in baking powder. Beat egg whites in mixer bowl to soft peeks. Fold egg whites into cornmeal mixture. Pour into dish. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until center is just set. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and maple syrup.  8 servings | 55 minutes | 15 minutes prep

MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF MANATAKA

 

Chief Däbädi Thaayrohyadi Bermudez

Council of Elders and Guardians of the Otomí 

Olmec Toltec Teotihuacan Tradition

International Indigenous University

 

PLANETARY CONNECTION

FOR THE HEALING OF THE MOTHER EARTH 

FOR LIFE AND PEACE

 

Consequence of the great wound of the Mother Earth, opened in the Indian Ocean caused by earthquakes and tidal waves (tsunami) in ancestral land called today Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Maldivas and Malaysia, the Elders, Wisdom Keepers  and Guardians of the Otomí Olmec Toltec Teotihuacan Tradition from Mexico send urgently this message to the heart and conscience of this region of the world and all the humanity.

 

A. We send our greater offering of songs and priers of light, peace and love to all the families and communities of the disaster’s areas. We join to all our sisters and brothers so that they can find the healing soon, to get balance in the physical, mental and spiritual dimension of their lives affected by the catastrophe. We connect in spirit and truth so that the deads can find peace and the hope of life can continue.

 

B. We call all the women and men of the Planet Earth to work together, to act in all possible forms to avoid the appearance of epidemics and infectious diseases and to stop greater deaths and their undesirable consequences. The humanitarian aid must arrive and occur in physical, material or economic, mental and spiritual way, always sustained by the love for life, mother earth and peace.

 

C. We the Indigenous Peoples and Nations, as Earth Guardians know that the centers of energy and vibratory fields of several regions of the Earth have been affected considerably by the lost of the sacred and the disconnection with the spirit of the Mother Earth, is the consequence of the wars of the groups that seek the power and the control of the world, the xenophobia, racial discrimination and genocide against peoples (indigenous, tribes), the terrestrial and submarine atomic experiments, the pollution and devastation of the planet, with the consequent extermination of plants, animals and the human specie.

 

With the catastrophe of the tsunami, it has caused vibrations of pain and weeping, waves of pain, anguish, suffering, fear sensations, preoccupation, deficiency of confidence, rage, solitude, neglect and death have been created in the place of the disaster and propagated in all the planet, which can cause vibratory fields of negative energy in different levels and forms, that they can cause diverse epidemics and diseases, affecting the mother nature, the human beings mainly, and also to our sisters plants and animals.

 

Today it is important to transform that energy in acts of Compassion and Sacred Love. All we are responsible in which it is happening to us. It is time to feel, to think, to say and to act, for transforming this situation, is necessary to generate high frequencies of sonorous vibration, with the power of prayers, with acts of brotherly aid and universal love.

 

D. We considered urgent to make a great connection with the energetic and healing power of cosmic sound. Let us make feel the medicine of the vibration of the humanity sound through our voices like prayers, meditations, music and songs, with musical instruments ceremonial like the sacred drums, including the drum of our heart.

 

According to a Prophecy Revealed by the Otomí Elder Sages to the Indigenous Peoples and all Humankind and a Vision of our Venerable Ancestors, the day when the Sounds of Eight Thousand Sacred Drums join together will be the beginning of a true Healing of Mother Earth, of All the Species and of the Human Family – which is now in total disequilibrium – in order to be able to live together on the road to Sacred Peace, in harmonious union with the Universe, Mother Nature, the Community, the Family and our own Hearts. It is time to re-unify ourselves and rediscover for ourselves all the Seeds of the Four Directions in order to reactivate cosmic energy, heal historical wounds and heal our Mother Earth by respecting life and the liberty and dignity of our Peoples.

 

E. This is that we call to all the family of the four directions to join for the healing of the wound caused by tsunamis, by the lack of connection with the cosmos, with the sacred. Let us honor all people died, thousands of sisters and brothers offering their life by the healing of the Mother Earth, for Life and Peace.

 

F. Under the following postulates or sacred principles:  

  • Is urgent to seal and heal the wounded vortex of the Mother Earth.

  • Is our responsibility identify and activate the Energetic Power Centers of our Sacred Places.

  • Is work of all to seed and fortify the conscience of Love and Respect to our Mother Earth.

  • Is fundamental the indigenous ancestral recommendation, to create and practice the Great Culture of Peace and Life

  • Recognize the energetic and healing use of our sacred instruments as principle and objective of our Indigenous Mission.

G. With planetary harmonic connection, this Ceremony of 8000 Drums Sacred will help to regenerate field limitless of powerful vibration, an enormous effect of cosmic sound in high frequency that will be concentrated in the Island of Sumatra, the Philippines - the place where tsunamis began on December 26 -, and then this energy will be expanded toward Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Maldiva and Malaysia, in concentric waveform by sea, air and earth, radiating intensified light, impregnating and bathing of love of all the human family, curing all the living beings (human, animals and plants of the zones affected directly and of all the planet), this will help to purify and to harmonize to the Mother Earth and the Humanity.

 

With our love will emerge a positive field of positive powerful vibration, will help to transform the suffering, the wrath and the pain, in greater peace with justice and dignity for everybody. That it means a call to transform all the conflicts by pacific routes and non-violence. Right here and right now, We the Guardians of the Earth, for Life and Peace, Women, Men, Children, Children, Young people, Elders of all the directions are called to reaffirm the human brotherhood and survival of the Planet. Because the passed, present and future generations must know that we have existed honoring our mission of Light and Love, that our sacred fire stays ignited, that our sound continues being listened and our Song of Life blooms forever.

 


TO WALK THE RED ROAD
By Traci, Blood Nation

Long road winding began in the stars, spilled onto the mountain tops, was carried in the snow to the streams,
to the rivers, to the ocean It covers Canada, Alaska, America, Mexico to Guatemala, and all the world, and keeps winding around the indigenous.

The Red Road is a circle of people standing hand in hand,
people in this world, people between people in the Spirit world.  Star people, animal people, stone people, river people, tree people The Sacred Hoop.

To walk the Red Road is to know sacrifice, suffering. It is to understand humility. It is the ability to stand naked before God in all things for your wrong doings, for your lack of strength, for your dis-compassionate way, for your arrogance - because to walk the Red Road, you always know you can do better.  And you know, when you do good things, it is through the Creator, and you are grateful.

To walk the Red Road is to know you stand on equal ground
with all living things.  It is to know that because you were born human, it gives you superiority over nothing. It is to know that every creation carries a Spirit, and the river knows more than you do, the mountains know more than you do,
the stone people know more than you do, the trees know more than you do, the wind is wiser than you are, and animal people carry wisdom.  You can learn from every one of them,
because they have something you don't: They are void of evil thoughts.  They wish vengeance on no one, they seek Justice.

To Walk the Red Road, you have God given rights, you have the right to pray, you have the right to dance, you have the right to think, you have the right to protect, you have the right to know Mother, you have the right to dream, you have the right to vision, you have the right to teach, you have the right to learn, you have a right to grieve, you have a right to happiness, you have the right to fix the wrongs, you have the right to truth, you have a right to the Spirit World.

To Walk the Red Road is to know your Ancestors, to call to them for assistance It is to know that there is good medicine, and there is bad medicine It is to know that Evil exists, but is cowardly as it is often in disguise.  It is to know there are evil spirits who are in constant watch for a way to gain strength for themselves at the expense of you.

To Walk the Red Road, you have less fear of being wrong, because you know that life is a journey, a continuous circle, a sacred hoop. Mistakes will be made, and mistakes can be corrected - if you will be humble, for if you cannot be humble, you will never know when you have made a mistake.  If you walk the Red Road, you know that every sorrow leads to a better understanding, every horror cannot be explained, but can offer growth.

To Walk the Red Road is to look for beauty in all things.

To Walk the Red Road is to know you will one day cross to the Spirit World, and you will not be afraid.

Submitted by Kim Summer Moon


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The Creation of a Sheeple

 

Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it.  

 

Before long, one of the monkeys will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana.  As soon as he touches the stairs, all of the monkeys are sprayed with cold water.

 

After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result - all the monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, none of the monkeys will try to climb the stairs. Now, put away the cold water.  Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one.  The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb  the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him.


After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb  the stairs, he will be assaulted. Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked.  The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm!


Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth.


Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked.  Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

 

After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water.  Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana.  Why not?  Because as far as they know that's the way it's always been done around here.

And that, my friends, is how federal policy begins.  How does it feel to be the monkey?

Submitted by Crystal Harvey

How Women Can Age Gracefully 

Any woman can have the body of a 21-year-old -- as long as she buys him a few drinks first.

My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.

Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.

I've still got it, but nobody wants to see it.

I'm getting into swing dancing. Not on purpose.
Some parts of my body are just prone to swinging.

It's scary when you start making the same noises as your coffeemaker.

I think I've reached my sexpiration date.

The good news is that even as we get older, guys still look at our boobs. The bad news is they have to squat down first.

These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, "For fast relief."

I've tried to find a suitable exercise video for women my age, but they haven't made one called "Buns of Putty."

Don't think of it as getting hot flashes. Think of it as your inner child playing with matches.

Don 't let aging get you down. It's too hard to get back up.

Remember: You don't stop laughing because you grow old, You grow old because you stop laughing.

THE SENILITY PRAYER
Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Submitted by John Outler


Health Alert I:

 

Terminator Gene Technology 

Threatens All Life

Consumer, farmer, and environmental organizations across the globe are mobilizing to stop the legalization and commercialization of the controversial Terminator Gene Technology, whereby seeds are genetically engineered to commit suicide after one growing season. The biotech industry and seed companies support the Terminator Technology, because it prevents farmers from saving their seeds and forces them to buy seeds every year.

In addition, scientists are concerned that this could lead to killing off a wide range of crops and plants, as pollen from plants with the Terminator gene spreads unpredictably in the wind. After a massive international campaign in 1998, Monsanto Corporation announced they were shelving plans to commercialize the Terminator, while the United Nations (UN) called for a global ban. But on February 11, 2005 renewed efforts to overturn the worldwide ban were launched at a UN conference in Bangkok.

Learn more and sign the Organic Consumers Association's petition to the UN to terminate the Terminator Gene. http://www.organicconsumers.org/un.htm

Thank you!


Hospitals Can Make You Sicker

Some hospitals are not the "safe havens" many people believe them to be. According to reports, a British documentary crew found the antibiotic-resistant bug, MRSA, present in public areas within six English hospitals.

This antibiotic-resistant bug (staph infection) was discovered through swab test results. Swab testing was conducted according to strict scientific procedures and samples were taken from areas of the hospitals used by patients and staff.  At one hospital, the documentary crew found overflowing toxic waste and used surgical gloves on top of a paper bin outside a public elevator.

Some of the hospitals disputed the claims against them, stating the testing methods were of questionable nature. In fact, some hospitals suggested the tests could have picked up another, "harmless" bug, known as MRSE. However, it has been discovered that MRSE is actually harmful and can cause serious damage in extremely sick people.

Further, some hospitals stated their own tests found no MRSA. Apparently one hospital even offered to look at the documentary crew's swab results to determine if MRSA was present, but the results were never sent for analysis. Interestingly enough, all of the findings came just days after the government appointed a new chief nursing director in charge of ridding hospitals of MRSA. In light of this information, hospitals claimed they were actively fighting infection.

The director of Infection Prevention and Control said it is appreciated that the public is showing such a strong interest of the infection risks from hospitals; however, he noted that some reporting on the matter has caused an unnecessary degree of concern. BBC News 10-25-04

Submitted by Carol Petersen

Health Alert 2:

Right to Choose Vitamins and other Supplements May End This Year

Your right to choose your vitamin, mineral and other  supplements may end in June-August of this year (2005).

After that U.S.  supplements will be defined and controlled by the World Trade Organization  (WTO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The CODEX ALIMENTARIUS (Food  Code) is setting the supplement standards for all countries in the WTO. 

These codes will be enforced by the WTO and will over ride U.S. laws. The U.S. President and Congress agreed to this take-over when the WTO Treaty was signed.  Violations are punished by WTO trade sanctions. CODEX drastically restricts  vitamins, minerals, herbs and other supplements. CODEX met secretly in November, 2004 and finalized "Step 8 (the final stage)" to begin implementation in June, 2005

The  CODE includes: (1) No supplement can  be sold for preventive or therapeutic use.  (2) Any potency higher than RDA (minimal strength) is a "drug"  requiring a prescription and must be produced by drug companies. Over 5000  safe items now in health stores will be banned, terminating health stores as  we now know them.  (3) CODEX  regulations become binding internationally. (Already implemented in  Europe.) (4) New supplements are  banned unless given very expensive CODEX testing and approval.

CODEX now applies to Norway and  Germany, among others, where zinc tablets rose from $4 per bottle to $52.  Echinacea (an ancient immune- enhancement herb) rose from $14 to $153  (both examples are now allowed by prescription only).

Supplements such as Vitamin C above 200 mg, nicin above 32 mg, and Vitamin B6  above 4 mg-all are now called "drugs" and will be banned as over-the-counter drugs. No amino acids (arginine,  lysine, carnitine, etc. (these are essential amino acids!), essential fatty  acids (omegas 3, 6, 9, etc.), or other essential supplements such as DMEA,  DHEA, CoQ10, MSM, beta-carotene, etc. are allowed. 

The CODEX rules are not based on real science. They are  made by a few people meeting in secret (see web sites below), not necessarily  scientists. In 1993 the FDA and drug corporations tried to put all supplements  under restriction and prescription. But over 4 million Americans told Congress and the President to protect their freedom of choice on health supplements.  This successful outcry resulted in the DSHEA Law (pronounced DeeShay) was  passed in 1994, and DSHEA protects YOUR freedom of choice on health  supplements. But this will be over ruled by CODEX and the World Trade  Organization.

Virtually nothing  about it has been in the media. What the drug corporations have failed to do  through Congress they have gotten by sneak attack through CODEX with the help  of a silent media. What can be done at this late hour?  

Spread the word as much as possible. Inform yourselves fully at http://www.ahha.org http://www.iahf.com http://www.alliance-natural-health.org

Submitted by Crystal Harvey 


Salute to Vine Deloria Jr.: 

American Indian Visionary

© Indian Country Today January 10, 2005. All Rights Reserved

 

Many writers and intellectuals have contributed to the understanding and the defense of Native peoples; Vine Deloria Jr. captured the mind of a generation.

 

Over the course of four decades, Vine Deloria Jr. provided enormous perception, guidance, strategy and sheer analytical heft to the struggle for respect and justice for American Indians. Thus Deloria's unique creative genius stands out above the best of the best. This is not stated lightly; many individuals have made wonderful contributions in the same direction over the same period, some even sacrificing their lives - valiantly and selflessly in defense of their peoples. But in every generation, too, to paraphrase the late Muskogee medicine man, Phillip Deere, there is one that hits the click-stone just right, and sparks the fire.

For that reason, primarily - but leading many other reasons - for sparking the intellectual fire of political, legal, historical and spiritual illumination, for lighting the path to the mountain-head of knowledge and pointing out the way ahead, Indian Country Today's editorial committee is proud to bestow the 2005 American Indian Visionary Award upon Dr. Vine Deloria Jr.

There is no one in Indian country quite like Vine Deloria Jr. Already a mature political mind at the genesis of the tumultuous American Indian activism that erupts in the late 1960s, the young lawyer-historian-theologian penned the early books that galvanized political thinking and discussion among the new wave of activism in Indian country. Deloria served as executive director of the National Congress of American Indians from 1964 to 1967. He was a young contemporary of the generation that confronted termination, active and brilliant. So that when the rallying cry of sovereignty and self- determination sounded loud and clear in Indian country, Deloria was readiest of all to make sense of it, to fortify it, to lead the discourse.

Deloria's early work of deciphering the Indian history within North America from a Native perspective proved invaluable in tying together and coalescing many disparate but kindred Native groups engaged in tribal and other contentions. It was the work that placed everyone in the feeling of belonging within a shared intellectual tradition. Deloria's work, initially in the vein of an Indian manifesto, would continue to deepen over the decades, to become canon for the next two generations of Native scholars. Consistently and bravely going ahead of other scholarship to identify crucial issues in Native history, religion, culture and science, Deloria's oeuvre will engage the hearts and minds of Native and non-Native scholars for generations to come.

Those among our staff and columnists who were at the Indian movement newspaper, Akwesasne Notes, during the early 1970s, heyday of the Indian activist movement, remember that, ''Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto'', was always the hottest selling book of the month at The Notes Bookstore. From the Northeast to Minneapolis to Denver and Albuquerque to Los Angeles and San Francisco, from the hardscrabble safe-houses of the American Indian Movement to the polished floors of new academic programs, more likely than not, you would run into a dog-eared copy of ''Custer Died for Your Sins'' (1969), often in the company of its sequel, ''We talk, You Listen'' (1970), another early classic in which Deloria managed to capture the mood and personalities of the time far better than any other contemporary writer - Indian or not. Many an Indian activist's education began with either or both of those books and as Wilma Mankiller has written of Vine Deloria Jr., ''No writer has more clearly articulated the unspoken emotions, dreams and lifeways of contemporary Native people.''

In those two early books, the Standing Rock Sioux tribal member hit a nerve that has continued to pulse and mature with each successive wave of his writings. Over the years the enthusiastic response has grown into an intense following that appreciates and respects and enjoys the work. The enjoyment part is central. Deloria is not only readable and informative. He can be very funny in framing the various phenomena coming at the Indian communities though the jaded eye of the millennial observer. Perhaps the most incisive piece of Deloria is his ironic humor - caustic, not quite brutal - with which he peppers his subjects as he prepares to cook them crisply. Framing the issue of anthropology from a Native grassroots perspective, he gave us the memorable phrases: ''Into each life, it is said, some rain must fall ... But Indians have been cursed above all other people in history. Indians have anthropologists.''

Deloria similarly framed the issue of missionaries; he challenged anti-Indian educators and policies; he diligently surveyed the treaty history, the history of loss of Indian lands and assets, consistently finding and upholding bases of Indian jurisdictional rights and the illogic of the rationale for dispossessing the American Indian peoples of North America.

Joining the fray over the Bering Strait theory, in characteristic fashion he debunks the frail trail of evidence still cited as irrefutable by most of science that America was uniformly peopled by migrations crossing over from Eurasia over the frozen Bering Sea. Right or wrong in these cases, ultimately, Deloria rightfully questions the canon principles of the Western thinking on Indians; the easy assertions about culture; the ''time when conferences on Indians had no Indians, when buffs and hobbyists made major policy decisions regarding the fate and future of Indians, and when a handful of church representatives conferred quietly with the Secretary of the Interior about federal programs.''

Professor of History of Law at the University of Arizona, he directed the graduate program in American Indian Policy Studies. Now retired from the University of Colorado, he has served on various boards including the National Museum of the American Indian and the Intertribal Bison Council and continues to write and to lecture.

Among Deloria's principal books:
''Custer Died for Your Sins'' (1969)
''We Talk, You Listen: New Tribes, New Turf'' (1970)
''God Is Red: A Native View of Religion'' (1973)
''Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties: An Indian Declaration of Independence'' (1974)
''Indians of the Pacific Northwest: From the Coming of the White Man to the Present Day'' (1977)
''American Indians, American Justice'' (1983), co-written by Clifford Lytle
''The Nations Within: The Past and Future of American Indian Sovereignty'' (1984), co-written by Clifford Lytle
''Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact'' (1995)
''Evolution, Creationism and Other Modern Myths'' (2002).


The Spring Beauty (an Ojibwe Legend)

An old man was sitting in his lodge, by the side of a frozen stream. It was the end of winter, the air was not so cold, and his fire was nearly out. He was old and alone. His locks were white with age, and he trembled in every joint. Day after day passed, and he heard nothing but the sound of the storm sweeping before it the new-fallen snow.

One day while his fire was dying, a handsome young man approached and entered the lodge. His cheeks were red, his eyes sparkled. He walked with a quick, light step. His forehead was bound with a wreath of sweet-grass, and he carried a bunch of fragrant flowers in his hand.

"Ah, my son," said the old man, "I am happy to see you. Come in! Tell me your adventures, and what strange lands you have seen. I will tell you of my wonderful deeds, and what I can perform. You shall do the same, and we will amuse each other."

The old man then drew from a bag a curiously wrought pipe. He filled it with mild tobacco, and handed it to his guest. They each smoked from the pipe and then began their stories.

"I am Peboan, the Spirit of Winter," said the old man. "I blow my breath, and the streams stand still. The water becomes stiff and hard as clear stone."

"I am Seegwun, the Spirit of Spring," answered the youth. "I breathe, and flowers spring up in the meadows and woods."

"I shake my locks," said the old man, "and snow covers the land. The leaves fall from the trees, and my breath blows them away. The birds fly to a distant land, and the animals hide themselves from the cold."

"I shake my ringlets," said the young man, "and warm showers of soft rain fall upon the earth. The flowers lift their heads from the ground, the grass grows thick and green. My voice recalls the birds, and they come flying joyfully from the Southland. The warmth of my breath unbinds the streams, and they sing the songs of summer. Music fills the groves where- ever I walk, and all nature rejoices."

And while they were talking thus a wonderful change took place. The sun began to rise. A gentle warmth stole over the place. Peboan, the Spirit of Winter, became silent. His head drooped, and the snow outside the lodge melted away. Seegwun, the Spirit of Spring, grew more radiant, and rose joyfully to his feet. The robin and the bluebird began to sing on the top of the lodge. The stream began to murmur at the door, and the fragrance of opening flowers came softly on the breeze.

The lodge faded away, and Peboan sank down and dissolved into tiny streams of water, that vanished under the brown leaves of the forest. Thus the Spirit of Winter departed, and where he had melted away, there the Indian children gathered the first blossoms, fragrant and delicately pink,—the modest Spring Beauty. ~ Henry R. Schoolcraft (adapted) 

Submitted by Sheri Burnett


"A warrior is challenged to assume responsibility, practice humility, and
display the power of giving, and then center his or her life around a core
of spirituality. I challenge today's youth to live like a warrior."

- Billy Mills

Submitted by Kim Summer Moon

Vine Deloria Speaks

"Western civilization, unfortunately, does not link knowledge and morality but rather, it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent. Today with an information superhighway now looming on the horizon, we are told that a lack of access to information will doom people to a life of meaninglessness -- and poverty. As we look around and observe modern industrial society, however, there is no question that information, in and of itself, is useless and that as more data is generated, ethical and moral decisions are taking on a fantasy dimension in which a 'lack of evidence to indict' is the moral equivalent of the good deed."

"In recent years we have come to understand what progress is. It is the total replacement of nature by an artificial technology. Progress is the absolute destruction of the real world in favor of a technology that creates a comfortable way of life for a few fortunately situated people. Within our lifetime the differences between the Indian use of the land and the white use of the land will become crystal clear. The Indian lived with his land. The white destroyed his land. He destroyed the planet earth."

"Scientists, and I use the word as loosely as possible, are committed to the view that Indians migrated to this country over an imaginary Bering Straits bridge, which comes and goes at the convenience of the scholar requiring it to complete his or her theory. Initially, at least, Indians are homogenous.

But there are also eight major language families within the Western Hemisphere, indicating to some scholars that if Indians followed the trend that can be identified in other continents, then the migration went from east to west; tourists along the Bering straits were going TO Asia, not migrating FROM it."

Vine Deloria, Jr., Standing Rock Sioux, 1970-1994


On the Reservation:

U.S. Indians Debate Gay Unions
By Adam Tanner

 

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - On American Indian reservations, some tribes are debating whether they should embrace gay marriage or shun such unions as an affront to family values.

The controversy in these often-ignored sovereign territories within the United States comes as Americans in general are divided, often bitterly, over same-sex weddings. The controversy made headlines again this week as a judge ruled that California's ban on gay
marriage is unconstitutional.

"What goes on in Indian nations now is a microcosm of what is going on across the country," said David Cornsilk, a Cherokee representing two lesbians in the most prominent case before an American Indian court.

The latest California ruling also came weeks after a legislator in Navajo Nation, the largest and most populous Indian reservation, called for a ban on gay marriage.

Scholars of homosexuality in Indian culture say Native Americans traditionally tolerated gay behavior, an attitude that shifted after the Europeans arrived in North America.

"American Indians firmly believe from forever that procreation was essential for survival, but you could play with anybody," said Lester Brown, author of "Two Spirit People: American Indian Lesbian Women and Gay Men."

"Christianity ruined a lot of it," said Brown, a Cherokee. "The religious groups that were trying to proselytize with the Indians could not accept those different people."

GAY CASE BEFORE CHEROKEE COURT
Brown's tribe is engaged in a court fight parallel to those taking place in California and elsewhere in the nation. The Cherokee case arose after a lesbian couple obtained a tribal marriage application last year, only to have the Cherokee Nation ban gay marriage and refuse to recognize the union.

Cornsilk, who will argue the case before the Cherokee's top court, said the California decision could paradoxically make his efforts to win acceptance more difficult because of conservative sentiment in the American Midwest.

"All of the effect all of these cases have had is to simply calcify resistance," he said by telephone from Tulsa, Oklahoma. "They see both sides of the country, both the East and West Coast, as liberal and not representative of mainstream America." 

Voters in many U.S. states have recently approved measures against gay marriage, while one state, Massachusetts, became the only U.S. state to allow same-sex marriage last year. 

Cornsilk, who is gay, said historical documents suggest a group of Indian men married each other in 1825. The Cherokee Tribal Council will hold a hearing on the issue on March 24, he said.

In Navajo Nation in the Southwest, the proposal to ban gay marriage has sparked a flurry of letters to the editor in the local Navajo Times newspaper.

"Like all indigenous tribes and ancient civilizations, homosexuality is a third gender, and marriage was for everyone," Collestipher Chatto wrote. "But sadly, many of the Dine (Navajo) people are corrupted by the Western beliefs and Christianity, causing many natives to view gays as perverted or sodomites."

Robert Williams, a University of Arizona professor of law and American Indian studies, said as sovereign nations tribes can set their own family rules, so they could ban or allow gay marriage.

"I've heard proposals going both ways," said Williams, who also serves as a supreme court justice for two tribes. In family law "state law cannot apply, will not apply."

Joe Shirley Jr., president of the 300,000-strong Navajo Nation, took a cautious approach when asked about the issue at a press conference in Window Rock, Arizona last week.

"I don't think it is an issue to be handled on the part of the administration, it's a people issue," he said. "If anything is going to be had about gay marriages here in Navajo Land, give it to the people, let the people decide on what the stance is going to be on like-people marriages."

The Navajo people recently approved casino gambling in a voter referendum.

Some U.S. politicians say constituents have lobbied them to urge local tribes to permit gay marriage.

"I had quite a few people call me and say, 'Why don't you talk to the tribes about that,"' Ron Oden, the openly gay mayor of Palm Springs, California, told Reuters.

Yet he did not expect tribes would quickly extend such recognition as they are already fighting a public relations battle over the growth of Indian casinos. "The last things the tribes want is to get more controversy," Oden said.
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NOTE FROM MIKE PRICE... According to my Grand- father, in ancient times being gay or lesbian within a tribe was just plain accepted as part of life...but the term "two spirit" was reserved solely for those persons born with both male and female sex organs...not as it is often misused today to mean all gay and lesbians as well... those groups were just part of the whole tribe and treated no differently than any other members...and it was no bodies business who was invited into another's tipi, wickiup, wigwam, hogan or pueblo... 

 


The Optimist

 

There is a story of identical twins. One was a hope-filled optimist. Everything is coming up roses! The other was a sad and hopeless pessimist. He thought that Murphy, as in Murphy's Law, was an optimist. The worried parents of the boys brought them to the local psychologist.

 

He suggested to the parents a plan to balance the twins' personalities. On their next birthday, put them in separate rooms to open their gifts. Give the pessimist the best toys you can afford, and give the optimist a box of manure. The parents followed these instructions and carefully observed the results.

 

When they peeked in on the pessimist, they heard him audibly complaining, "I don't like the color of this computer...don't like this game...I know someone who's got a bigger toy car than this..."

 

Tiptoeing across the hall, the parents peeked in and saw their little optimist gleefully throwing the manure up in the air. He was giggling.

 

You can't fool me! Where there's this much manure, there's gotta be a pony!         ~ Author Unknown

 

Submitted by Sheri Burnett 


By Saskia Davis

 

Inner peace is a communicable disease that could possibly infect your home or workplace. You may already be showing signs of it and quite possibly be passing it along to others! You may have already caught this disease! See how many of these symptoms you exhibit:

 

A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experiences.

A loss of ability to worry (this is a serious symptom).

Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.

 

Frequent attacks of smiling through the eyes of the heart.

An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

A loss of interest in judging self.

A loss of interest in judging others.

A loss of interest in conflict. 

A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

A loss of ability to worry (this is a serious symptom).

Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.

 

Frequent attacks of smiling through the eyes of the heart.

Increasing susceptibility to love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it. 

An increasing tendency to let things happen. 

 

If you have all or even most of the above symptoms, please be advised that your condition of PEACE may be so far advanced as to not be treatable."
 


Awakening of the Bears Report

 

Saturday, March 19 was a beautiful day for the Bear Society of Arkansas to open the cave and let the bears out after a long winter nap.

 

Sweat lodge ceremonies, singing, dancing, and great food were all part of a four-day celebration culminating in the annual Awakening of the Bear Ceremony. After a three- day round of purification ceremonies, Doc Chanter Davidson led five bear dancers, six wingmen and eight drummers and singers into the Bear Arbor at Russellville for a memorable dance and healing ceremony.  

 

After three rounds, the audience was invited into the circle to dance with the Bears.  Children, Teens, adults and grandparents all danced in the circle. In addition to separate sweat ceremonies for guests and bear dancers, the event also featured sweat lodge for children.

 

Every year, the Bear Dance gets better and better. The Bears keep getting stronger and stronger and the singers and songs get prettier.  The healing blessings of the Creator surely flows through these arbor gates to reach those in need.

 


      

HEALING PRAYER BASKET

Ammerman, Kelle - Young lady diagnosed with fast spreading cancer.  Submitted by Juli Maltagliati

Baker, Alida -  Mother of Henrietta EagleStar.  Getting much better, now having more problems.  

Baugh, Sharon Kamama - Arkansas:  Diagnosed with cancer. Doing much better after surgery. Sharon was chair of the Manataka Women's Council for many years and is now enjoys Most Honored Grandmother status.

Black, Mother of Charles Lone Wolf Black -  Diagnosed with cancer.  Holding up well.  Grandmother passed away recently.

Brown, Jerime - Prayer for a warriors protection needed. 

Devereaux, Jesse William - My oldest son and my youngest son, Mark Kenneth Devereaux. Thank you for the prayers for my family.  Thank you for praying for my family. Submitted by Eagle Star.

Douglas, Rebeccas - Niece of Leo and Flora Causey has cancer.

Dunn, Marian -  Smyrna, TN suffered a severe stroke. Remember her in your prayers.  - Helen Red Wing.

Goodson, Brian - Bear's been praying for him daily for three weeks but needs yours too.  From Ruth King.

Greason, James - Suffered with stroke.  Prayers from Manataka has him healed and back to work.

Irons, Larry Zink Hota Irons - Michigan:  Diagnosed with cancer. 

Love, Tommie -  A 4 years old who doctors give no prognosis - diagnosed with 2 large brain tumors  - untreatable at Barnes Children's Hospital of St Louis. I ask for prayers for her healing and prayers for her family. From Alison Klose

Marie, Anne - A 19 yr. old daughter of a friend in Scotland has a tumor. It is wrapped around a main artery. The mother has asked to put her in your prayers. Submitted by Eagle Star.

McAdams, Frances -  Hospitalized with cancer.

Monahon, Qua Ti Si - Recent surgery with TMJ.

Nalley, Dena Sees Spirit Far Away - Father, SilverFox laid down the robe at age 70 on March 6. SilverFox is Cherokee and lived his life on the Good Red Road.  Dena and her family need our prayers for her grief. 

Pierce, Sheila Grandmother Wolf - Back was hurt in an auto accident. Now walking a bit but needs prayers.

Powell, Bobby - friend of Kimberly Stronczek stricken with crippling arthritis.

Runninbear, Bobby Joe - Hospitalized with a heart attack.  This is a wonderful Cherokee who loves his people and walks the good red road in a good way.  Pray for this honored brother.  Submitted by BabblingBrook. 

Smiddy, Amanda - daughter of Memi K. Smiddy involved in car accident and in great pain. 

 

Did you submit a prayer request above?  If so, please send us an update.  We are reluctant to remove anyone without knowing if more prayers are needed. 


MANATAKA ORGANIZATION MESSAGES

 

ELDER COUNCIL MINUTES

1.    Betty Winter White Moon Frey delivered the Treasurer's Report via the chair, Doc Davidson that the       2004 financial books are completed and "...balanced to the penny..."

 

2.    Otto Caballo Blanco Davila of Puerto Rico was formally and unanimously appointed to the position of Ambassador to Spiritual Elders of Latin America.

 

3.    Rick Wind Call-er Porea delivered a report on the upcoming Encampment. Honored Grandmothers will be in charge of all children's activities. 

 

4.    Two letters were read from dozens received from Spiritual Elders from across the continent declaring Manataka a sacred site. 

 

5.    Committee Reports:

Becky Flaming Owl Moore said the Women's Council will host a Women's Healing Retreat May 13-15;  

Bonnie Cloud reported the Membership Committee is now organized and moving forward with plans to revitalize communications. Members past due on membership dues are being contacted. Bear stood and praised both Cloud and Frey for a great job.

Jim Path Finder Ewing reported the NAGPRA Committee will be moving forward with a new direction.  

Lee Standing Bear reported the Website Committee added 100 pages added in February - 50 in March.

 

The next meeting of the Elder Council will be held during the upcoming Encampment on April 23.


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & NOTICES:

NOTICE 1:     FOOD BASKET NEEDED NOW!  people are hungry often throughout the year.  Please bring or send non-perishable food items. Gift cards for food from Walmart, Safeway and other stores are great. 

 

NOTICE 2:     ENCAMPMENT & POWWOW EVENTS NEED VOLUNTEERS

Call 501-627-0555 to volunteer for the April 22-24 Encampment and the September Powwow.  The job is tough but FUN!! 

 

NOTICE 3:    REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

Always on the 3rd Sunday of each month at Gulpha Gorge - bad weather at Phil's Restaurant.  

 

NOTICE 4:    WOMEN’S COUNCIL MEETINGS - 11:30 a.m., 1st Saturday each month.   Contact: Judy White Feather Filmore

 

NOTICE 5:       PAID YOUR DUES?
Now is a good time to support the many programs, services and events of MAIC. We can always use a small donation. Now you can pay by check or credit card online. It's easy, secure and fast!   Click Here  Or...

 

NOTICE 6:      MATERIAL DONATIONS NEEDED BY MANATAKA
1.  Reams of ink jet paper
2.  Postage stamps
3.  15 - 30 gallon plastic storage boxes with lids

4.  LAND -  Donate land to be used as financing leverage for to build a cultural center. Any size or location is   

acceptable. Certain tax benefits may apply.

5.  MEMORIAL GIFTS - When a friend or relative passes, honor their memory and send a tax deductible 

contribution to MAIC and we will send the family a beautiful letter and memorial certificate in your name.

 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED STAMPS, PAPER AND OTHER SUPPLIES!


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Manataka American Indian Council
PO Box 476
Hot Springs, AR 71902-0476
501-627-0555
manataka@sbcglobal.net
http://www.manataka.org

 

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